Growing Up Gold
October 2015 by Amanda FitzhughIf you’re going to successfully detect nuggets you must not only know a little about finding gold and detecting, but you also need to know your own limits, have a dash of luck and a lot of persistence.
My third sample location proved to be my last and most interesting. I needed to look no further.
...even the best prospectors have times when they do not find gold. It is all about taking chances against tough odds and succeeding.
Now that you are actually going to be out there doing some prospecting, I may be able to help.
So why would a modern-day prospector want to learn about a method of mining that was banned by the courts more than a century ago?
Doubters be informed, yes, there is gold in Africa—lots of gold—and all the good and bad that comes with it.
It was June 2011, and my wife Fran and I with Grandson Lucas and good friend Ernie Cruz were attempting to get to our gold mining claim on the Middle Fork of the Feather River about ten miles from Quincy, California. Rain had poured down in the previous few days and the road in a large number of low places was under water. Following two hours of slugging through the mud...
Here's the kicker—for every lost flake there was a five minute penalty added to the time. Lost gold generally meant you didn't make it past the preliminaries.
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